Let’s see: 1 inch equals 2.54 centimeters, so 1 centimeter equals…hmm… Whatever happened to that great push to fully implement the metric system of measurement in the United States? I was only an elementary school student in the Seventies, yet I was not immune to the controversy surrounding some contemporary educational issues. There was the backlash..
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It can be hard to change your mind about things set in stone. Especially icons. My father worked second shift when I was very young, and it was not unusual for me to be awake to greet him when he returned home. It might explain why my earliest memories include the experience of watching our local..
I hadn’t thought about this object for quite some time. The other I day I was teaching my class while walking about the room with a long, wooden pointer that I sometimes use to highlight important information but mostly enjoy twirling as a prop. There’s something about giving it a few spins that seems to..
First by artist, then by original release date. An island of control in a sea of chaos. I am not an obsessively organized person, but I will acknowledge a few quirks that, to some, may represent an unnecessary attention to detail, if not a hint of madness. Although many facets of general housekeeping escape my..
Lowbrow meets lowbrow: Rocky emulators sprint up the visage of Salvador Dali. Recently I came across a live webcam of a construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida. I was surprised to find not only active workers but fairly interesting activities going on, and I zoomed in to watch a pair of laborers installing triangular glass..
Ever have one of those days? “I’ve been nominated for membership in the National Geographic Society.” “Aw, youth is wasted on the wrong people!” “This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don’t care how I look.” “Well, I’m sorry – HEY!” “Out you two pixies go, through the door or out the..
Do the abbreviations SP, LP, and SLP mean anything to you? The year is 2009. The setting: an elementary school. During a break between classes, I dart into the office and scan the staff mailboxes. Lurking in my apportioned slot is a shrink-wrapped, rectangular box of vaguely familiar dimensions. I retrieve the item and turn it..
Ramp to nowhere: the morning after fire destroyed the Sway Fun glider. Where were you on the Saturday night after Thanksgiving? That’s what the police will be asking you, if they ever discover that you were responsible for the apparent act of arson that lit up the field behind our house like a campfire gone..
John Watson regales us with yet another adventurous yarn. There is a wonderful moment in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces in which the eccentric protagonist is so incensed by what he sees on a movie screen that he cannot help shouting out his indignation. “Oh, good heavens!” bellows Ignatius J. Reilly to the..